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Washington Capitals top Toronto Maple Leafs

For the past 6 years, the Washington Capitals have entered each and every season aspiring to win the franchise’s first Stanley Cup.  2013-14 was no different, but the once heavy favorites have fallen off the map in recent weeks, and have slide completely out of the current playoff picture.  Finally, the Capitals earned a much-needed 4-2 win over the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs.

Inside the Verizon Center, Washington jumped out to a huge early lead, scoring three goals in the first 10 minutes of action.  Fans rocked the read as Troy Brouwer scored his first of two would-be goals.  Then, Jason Chimera’s skate knocked in a loose puck after a second effort from Joel Ward kept the puck free.  Ward was around the scoring all night, and finally finished of a precision pass from Dustin Penner for the Capitals’ second power play goal of the night.

The Leafs weren’t done yet and stormed back in the second period with Troy Bodle and Dion Phaneuf each tallying goals.  Finally, the two teams came to a stall mate in the final session with the Capitals drawing blood last on an empty net goal.  Washington now has 74 total points and is just one spot out of the playoff picture.  The Capitals will look to continue their momentum into Tuesday’s contest against the mighty Anaheim Ducks.

Tags: Joel Ward Troy Brouwer Washington Capitals

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